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Mar-13-18 06:59 pm
Discuss Options Presented by City to Improve Safety on Roland Ave
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

I think it was over-designed from the get-go. A simpler design as Buenos Aires, Argentina has used for hundreds of kilometers of dense urban bicycling, is all we need.

The resistance to our Roland Park cycletrack is led by Roland Avenue residents whose cars are parked there. The continued fast-moving car traffic is really the source of their concern.

Let's try to save this but with a smarter, simpler, wider curbside design.

Mike McQuestion

Dec-19-15 12:06 pm
Cycle Track Causes Confusion
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Mr Marks raises valid points concerning the Roland Ave cycle track. They have been carefully studied and vetted by the community. Our decision, and that of the City, is to build the cycle track as designed. If, after some trial period, the community wishes to reassess the cycle track and possible change its design, I am sure we will do so.

Feb-19-15 07:39 pm
BBC Opposition of Protected Bikeways
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Actually, I mean I agree with Charlie's points. The protected cycle tracks will be ideal for streets near schools and shopping areas where young, utilitarian and casual neighborhood bikers will be the main users. (Example: Roland Avenue, Pennsylvania Ave, Hanover St, upper St. Paul St.) Other streets in the bike grid can feature bike lanes, as they do now, for those of us who commute and ride for fitness.

Feb-19-15 07:31 pm
BBC Opposition of Protected Bikeways
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Sorry, I mean Jeffrey's.

Feb-19-15 07:31 pm
BBC Opposition of Protected Bikeways
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

I concur with Gregory's arguments.

Jan-17-15 05:51 am
Bike Maryland and Bikemore are Advocating Separate Paths instead of Proper Bikelanes
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

What I am coming to realize is there is no uniform bike safety strategy, perhaps for any city. A dedicated cycle track (barrier between bikes and cars) makes sense for certain areas, for example, roads leading to and from commercial areas, or segments of a busy commuting route like St Paul Street. I have seen elsewhere that protected lanes are used by cyclists of all ages and bikes of all types such as cargo bikes. In Baltimore, this may mean just s few miles of dedicated lanes. For example, to get from Mt. Vernon Square safely to Druid Hill Park there are only a few short blocks that seriously need protection. For the rest of us- commuters and longer distance riders- more signage, colored lanes (a step safer than simple white painted lines) on our fairly extensive designated bike map routes would suffice. I agree that, in the long run, it is education, experiential learning and normative pressure on motorists to defer to cyclists that will move the safety needle and encourage more people to bike. Behaviors precede technology in this change process. The day will come when biking in Baltimore will resemble biking today in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Oslo, etc.

The Saturday June 28 date for the annual Delaware-Maryland Flatlands Tour has been confirmed.
For details, refer to the June Rides & Events Calendar or visit http://www.baltobikeclub.org/images/sto … 05_web.pdf .

Apr-08-12 08:31 am
Roland Park- Hampden- Wyman Park- Remington- Druid Hill Park ciclovia
Category: Social
Forum: Volunteers

The Roland Park Civic League, Keswick Multi Care Center and the Baltimore City BMore Streets for People Program will host a fifth “Park to Park” ciclovía on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from noon to 4:00PM. 

Vehicular traffic will be diverted from southbound Roland Avenue and West University Parkway as well as Tudor Arms Avenue, Beech Avenue and Wyman Park Drive, allowing participants to bicycle, skate or walk a three-mile course from Northern Parkway into Druid Hill Park.

Also collaborating in this first multi-neighborhood ciclovia are the Friends of Druid Hill Park and Remington, Hampden, Wyman Park and Rolden neighborhood associations.

Along the course, at the intersection of Roland Avenue and West University Parkway, participants are invited to join festivities at the Roland Water Tower.  Live music, children’s games, including a bike decorating workshop, a raffle and food will be offered by the Friends of the Roland Water Tower from noon to 3PM.  Proceeds will go to help refurbish the century-old City landmark.

Local bike shops will be on hand to tune bikes along the course and instruct children on bicycling safety.

Volunteers are needed to distribute leaflets and help ensure course safety. Volunteers can sign up here.

A thousand or more residents have participated in each of the four prior Roland Park ciclovías. Through its BMore Streets for People Program, Baltimore is one of scores of cities worldwide developing ciclovía programs

To learn more about the Park to Park ciclovia, go to:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bmore-Str … 1651312486

Mike McQuestion

Nov-12-11 10:45 am
Update, encourage Mayor to support bicycling in the City
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

11 November 2011

Dear Mayor Rawlings-Blake,

I want to thank you for your efforts to improve bicycling in Baltimore. I have been a daily bike commuter since moving to Baltimore ten years ago. Over that time I've seen steady improvements. In fact, Baltimore is increasingly recognized as one of America's bike friendliest cities. I believe that Baltimore will benefit in many ways if we keep Here's what I see:

commuting

The Department of Planning crafted the farsighted Baltimore Master Bike Plan in 2006. Since then, the Dept. of Transportation has added miles bike lanes to city streets. At Penn Station, more bike racks have been added. They are always full- which is a good sign.

Last night, I rode with a colleague on the new bike lane under construction on Fallsway and Guilford Avenue. It will provide a much needed safe connection from downtown to the Jones Falls trail.

Similar lanes are planned elsewhere in the City. In Roland Park last week, the Roland Park Civic League heard plans to build a dedicated bike lane on Roland Avenue when it is repaved next year.

Everywhere we see better signage for cyclists. And the number of Baltimoreans on bikes is increasing steadily.

People can learn more at the DoT's BikeBaltimore website:

http://www.baltimorecity.gov/Government … imore.aspx


ciclovias

Baltimore is one of dozens of US cities building ciclovia programs. In Roland Park, we celebrated our fourth ciclovia on 23 October. Your administration again collaborated with us to minimize the permit cost and make the event safe for over a thousand residents. Officials from Police and Special Events Departments, in particular, have become proactive planners with us before the events actually happen. This is highly appreciated. Roland Parkers now think of ciclovias as a routine feature of neighborhood life.

Soon, I expect, other neighborhoods will, too.

Through the efforts of Mary Pat Clarke and Sharon Green Middleton, the City Council passed the BMore Streets for People Program ordinance last year. A BMore Streets Advisory Board has been operating since last Spring. Among its members are neighborhood and business leaders and representatives from a range of City departments.

On 13 October, members of the Board discussed ciclovia plans with neighborhood leaders at Greater Homewood Community Corporation.

On 10 November, a number of the agency representatives met to discuss ways the City can provide more support to the BMore Streets for People Program. They created a new Event Footprint Unit which will assure security and traffic safety for future ciclovias.

Last night, several of us, including representatives from BOPA and the City Planning Department, reviewed those plans.

Assuming we can raise the private and public resources, we hope to see three or four ciclovias materialize in various parts of the City (eg, Patterson Park and Highlandtown, Druid Heights and Gwynn Falls, Pratt Street and Harford Road) next year.

In summary, I believe that Baltimore is well on its way, and stands to gain in many ways, from being an increasingly bike-friendly city.

I thank you for your continued support to the cause.

Mike McQuestion
Plat 2 Rep, Roland Park Civic League
Member, BMore Streets for People Advisory Board

Sep-30-11 04:00 pm
Baltimore's fourth ciclovia
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

OK, we're all clear now for Baltimore's fourth ciclovia on 23 OCTOBER, from 9-2PM. Sorry for the confusion. Growing pains, my mom used to say. What is important is the convergence of our Roland Park ciclovias with the City's BMore Streets for People Program. From here on in, we're all going to be BMore Streets for People. We're looking for at least four other City neighborhoods to organize ciclovias in 2012. Is yours ready to join the Program? There will be a planning meeting for interested neighborhood leaders on 13 OCTOBER, 6-7PM, at Greater Homewood Community Corp., 3503 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Join us!

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